Winter Skin, Advice From Sona’s Skin Experts
January 21, 2020 /
Baby, it’s cold outside. And also windy and dry – a bad combination for your skin! Fortunately, dry, cold, winter air doesn’t have to mean dry skin. Following are some great tips to help keep your skin moisturized and comfortable all winter long.
- Hot water feels good, but it dries out your skin. When showering, bathing, or simply washing your face, keep the temperature of the water warm and comfortable but still mild.
- Moisturize immediately(within 1-2 minutes) after bathing. This helps lock the water into your skin, providing long term hydration. Also follow this rule after handwashing to prevent dry, chapped hands.
- Use a mild soap, particularly if you have eczema prone skin. Look for fragrance free and hypoallergenic products. In addition, limit use to your folds rather than lathering up your entire body.
- Choose the right moisturizer. Creams provide more moisture than lotions. Look for moisturizers in a jar rather than with a pump. Also, look for products that contain ceramides, which help to lock moisture into the skin and repair the skin’s natural barrier qualities. If you don’t mind the greasiness, moisturizers that contain petrolatum, such as Vaseline, act as a barrier to lock in moisture and protect the skin.
- Consider taking L-histidine, an oral protein supplement that is a natural moisturizing factor.
- Add a humidifier to your bedroom. Turning on the heat further dries out the air; an humidifier adds moisture back into the air, which helps keep your skin comfortable.
- Look for products that contain humectants, which help to attract and retain moisture. Glycerin and hyaluronic acid are ingredients that be found in moisturizers for the face and body.
- Increase your water intake to ensure you are staying hydrated.
When to see a dermatologist:
If you follow these steps and do not get relief from your dry skin within a few days, you may want to see a dermatologist. Dry, itchy skin may be a sign of eczema or other skin condition that needs treatment. A dermatologist will examine your skin, help guide you in a skin care routine and can, if necessary, prescribe medications to provide relief. Schedule an appointment online today.